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Instant Poha Porridge is an easy, no-cook, quick poha porridge recipe made with poha aka flattened rice, fruits, and milk. This porridge is super fast to make within 10 minutes, and it doesn’t require any cooking. Hence it is ideal when you travel with your baby or toddler. It can also be served as a quick breakfast for babies from 7 months. Also, check out other poha recipes for babies and toddlers.

Let’s get on to check how to make this easy poha banana porridge recipe for babies, toddlers & kids.
Poha Porridge Recipe for Babies and Toddlers
 
Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
5 mins
Total time
10 mins
 
Poha Porridge - easy and no cook recipe made with flattened rice that can be served as breakfast for kids
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • Thick Poha - ½ cup
  • Hot Water - ½ cup
  • Banana - 1 small
  • Jaggery Powder/Dates Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Nuts Powder - 1 Tsp
  • Breastmilk/Formula Milk/Cows Milk - 2 tbsp
Instructions
  1. Take ½ cup of poha in a bowl. Wash and drain the water completely. Use thick poha variety, which is soft enough to mash with 5 minutes of soaking.
  2. Add ¼ cup of hot water to the drained poha. Cover it with a lid and set this aside for 5 minutes.
  3. Take a banana, peel and mash it with a fork. You can also use soft mashable fruits like papaya, chikku, etc. instead of banana.
  4. Now to the soaked poha, add the mashed banana and jaggery powder/dates powder.
  5. Now add in nuts powder. Mash it very well until a soft consistency is reached.
  6. Now add breastmilk/formula. Mix it once again and serve! For babies above one year, you can use cows milk.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2
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Here is the video of how to make poha porridge for babies and toddlers

Instant Poha Porridge For Babies and Toddlers | Travel Food For Baby | 7 Months+ Baby Food - YouTube

Method :

1. Take 1/2 cup of poha in a bowl. Wash and drain the water completely. Use thick poha variety, which is soft enough to mash with 5 minutes of soaking.

2. Add 1/4 cup of hot water to the drained poha. Cover it with a lid and set this aside for 5 minutes.
3. Take a banana, peel and mash it with a fork. You can also use soft mashable fruits like papaya, chikku, etc. instead of banana.
4. Now to the soaked poha, add the mashed banana and jaggery powder/dates powder.
5. Now add in nuts powder. Mash it very well until a soft consistency is reached.
6. Now add breastmilk/formula. Mix it once again and serve! For babies above one year, you can use cows milk.
The poha porridge is ready!
Notes :
  • For babies above one year, you can use cows milk.
  • You can also use soft mashable fruits like papaya, chikku, etc. instead of banana.
  • Use thick poha variety, which is soft enough to mash with 5 minutes of soaking.
  • Make sure to introduce each ingredient separate to your baby, before you try this dahi poha recipe.
  • Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

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Dates/Khajur is a sweet dry fruit from the date palm tree. Dates are an excellent replacement for sugar, the versatile dry fruit is incredibly delicious and makes excellent food for babies and kids as it is packed with fiber, antioxidants, and other essential minerals.

Here are some recipes to add dates in your kid’s menu. Read more to know information about the nutritional benefits of dates, how and when to introduce dates to the baby etc.

When can I introduce Dates to my baby?

Dates can be given to babies from 6 months after introducing rice, basic vegetables &  fruits.  When introducing dates to your baby, de-seed, soak 1-2 dates in water, grind it to make a puree. Give it as a separate puree or add it to any baby food. Follow three days rule. If your baby does not have any allergies, continue with dates.

You can give 2 to 3 dates per day at the maximum. You could also add a 1-2 tsp of homemade dry dates powder or dates syrup to the baby food as a sweetener if needed. Always serve dates in moderation to your kids!

How to select and store Dates for Baby Food
  • Select soft dates with smooth and glossy skin. Make sure the dates are not sugar-coated.
  • Medjool and Deljet Noor are the popular soft varieties of dates to choose for baby food.
  • Dates are available with seed and without seed. You can choose the type as per your convenience.
  • You can buy dates from grocery stores or online stores like Amazon. Store in an airtight container after buying. Place it in the refrigerator, and it stays good for 6-8 months.
  • If you are buying dry dates, make sure to opt for a good brand.
Nutrients in Dates

Here is the nutrition information of  dates based on Medjool dates (100 g)

Source: USDA

Health Benefits of Dates for Babies and Toddlers
  • Dates are packed with essential nutrients, minerals & proteins which ensures baby’s growth and development.
  • Contains a significant amount of iron hence prevents the child from iron deficiency or anemia.
  • Excellent natural sweetener and the natural sugars in dates are a high energy booster for kids.
  • Good source of dietary fiber and fights constipation in children.
  • Improves digestion and also beneficial for acidity & acid reflex in kids.
  • Strengthen the bone and muscles in growing kids as dates are packed with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and other vital minerals.
  • Improves heart health in children if dates are taken regularly.
  • Antioxidants in dates help fighting diseases in babies and kids.
Dates Recipes for Babies Toddlers, and Kids

Here are some recipes to incorporate the nutritious dates in your child’s menu.

1. Beetroot Dates Halwa (8 Months+)

Iron-rich halwa recipe made with beetroots, dates and no sugar! It is a simple and super delicious dessert for babies and growing kids. Do try for your little ones and family to believe it!

2. Dates Kheer (8 Months+)

A quick, healthy, no sugar kheer made with dates, nuts, dry fruits, and coconut milk. It can be served as a quick dessert for babies and toddlers!

3. Dates Almond Balls (10 Months+)

Quick and easy energy balls made with dates and almonds. Dates almond balls are rich in nutrients and can be served as a snack in between meals to keep your kid energetic! Even it’s ideal for travel too.

4. Dry Dates Powder (6 Months+)

A natural sweetener for baby food made with dry dates. It can be a sweetener for your baby food or sweeten the desserts, cookies, or cake with it instead of sugar!

5. Dry Fruits Ladoo (10 Months+)

Smooth, quick, no sugar energy balls made with dates and other mixes of dry fruits and nuts. Dry fruits ladoos are best suited as a healthy snack in between meals, and it helps to stay kids energetic throughout the day. This ladoos are naturally sweet and chewable. Hence it is ideal for babies once they started chewing the food well.

6. Dates Syrup (6 Months +)

Date syrup is readily available in markets, but homemade ones are good & pure, which also gives a great self-satisfaction of making it at home. It can be a sweetener for baby/toddler porridge’s, kheer, purees, etc

7. Carrot Dates Porridge (6 Months +)

Carrot porridge is a tasty porridge prepared with carrots, dates and other dry fruits and nuts! This porridge has a naturally sweet taste from carrots, and dates hence don’t require any additional sweetener.


8. Wheat Dates Halwa (8 Months +)

This wheat halwa is prepared with whole wheat flour, dates and apple. It is wholesome and tasty that your baby will relish it!

9. Poha Dates Kheer (8 Months +)

Poha kheer is a quick kheer made with poha aka flattened rice, dates, nuts, other dry fruits and coconut milk/cow’s milk or formula. It can be served as a dessert or as a quick evening snack for babies from 8 months.

10. Dates and Dry Fruits Milkshake ( 1 Year +)

Fresh and healthy milkshake with dates, dry fruits, and nuts. The tasty and addictive milkshake is one of the best weight gaining recipes for kids as it has all the essential nutrients required. It is so filling, and hence it can be given as a breakfast when your child fusses about food.

11. Dates Banana Milkshake (1 Year+)

Creamy, healthy, energizing milkshake with dates and banana. Dates banana milkshake gives instant energy, very filling and it tastes so good that your little one empties the milkshake in no time.

12. Dry Dates Powder Muffin (1 Year +)

Easy muffins recipe made with dry dates powder, whole wheat flour, and no eggs! These are whole wheat muffins with dry dates powder as a sugar substitute! Try and enjoy this healthy sugar-free muffin for yourself and the kids at home.

13. Dry Fruits Rice (1 Year+)

Easy and healthy rice variety made with rice, dates, dry fruits, and nuts. This dry fruits rice is a special rice recipe which can be served as a snack/dessert or even as a meal for toddlers and kids. It tastes so good and unique!

14. Eggless Dates Walnut Cake (1 Year+)
Tasty and healthy cake recipe made with no sugar, whole wheat flour, dates, walnuts, and no eggs! No one would believe it has no sugar added in it. It has a lovely soft texture, delicious in taste, super healthy, and what not!!!

Dates almond milkshake is a fresh, creamy, and refreshing milkshake for toddlers and kids! There is no need for any sweetener in the milkshake as the sweetness from dates is sufficient.

Try these delicious dates recipes for babies & kids and add the nutritious dates in your child’s’ menu!

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Pumpkin Pancakes – Soft, Fluffy pancakes made with homemade pumpkin puree eggs, and whole wheat flour. Pumpkins are suitable for making satisfying desserts, cakes, and pancakes. Needless to say the taste of the pancakes, it was yummy! My little one relished it, and my happiness knew no bounds! These pumpkin pancakes can be given to babies after one year as finger food. You can top it with maple syrup, dates syrup, chocolate syrup/ honey or fruits of your choice. Tastes Delicious!

Check out other similar recipes of pancakes here:

Other Pumpkin Recipes for Toddlers and Kids

Now Let’s get on to check how to make this easy pumpkin pancakes recipe for babies, toddlers, and kids.
Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe for Toddlers and Kids
 
Prep time
15 mins
Cook time
15 mins
Total time
30 mins
 
Pumpkin Pancakes - Easy fluffy pancakes with homemade pumpkin puree and whole wheat flour. Delicious breakfast option for toddlers and kids
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: World
Serves: 6 Pancakes
Ingredients
  • Egg - 1 Large
  • Butter - 2 tbsp + As needed to make pancakes
  • Palm Sugar/ Brown sugar/jaggery - 2 tbsp
  • Milk - ½ cup
  • Homemade Pumpkin Puree - ⅓ Cup
  • Whole wheat flour - ¾ cup
  • Baking Powder - ½ Tsp
  • Baking Soda - ¼ tsp
  • Cinnamon powder - ¼ tsp
Instructions
  1. Measure and keep all the ingredients ready. In a bowl, break one large egg and add. Then add in melted butter.
  2. Now add milk and sugar.
  3. Mix everything using a hand whisk.
  4. Add in pumpkin puree and give a quick mix.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour and baking powder.
  6. Also, add baking powder and cinnamon powder.
  7. Now transfer the pumpkin-egg mixture to the whole wheat flour mix. Stir it gently until moistened.
  8. Heat a tawa or iron skillet, Sprinkle ½ tsp of butter. Add ¼ cup of pumpkin pancake batter to it and spread it to form a circle. Don't spread too much. It should be thick like pancakes. Cook in low, medium flame. Cook until bubbles form on top of pancakes and flip it carefully. Cook the other side for 2 minutes. Repeat the same for remaining pumpkin pancake batter.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2
3.5.3226
Here is the video of how to make pumpkin pancake for Toddlers and Kids

Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe for Toddlers and Kids - YouTube

Method:
1. Measure and keep all the ingredients ready. In a bowl, break one large egg and add. Then add in melted butter.
2.  Now add milk and sugar.
3. Mix everything using a hand whisk.
4. Add in pumpkin puree and give a quick mix.
5.  In a mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour and baking powder
6. Also, add baking powder and cinnamon powder.
7. Now transfer the pumpkin-egg mixture to the whole wheat flour mix. Stir it gently until moistened.
8. Heat a tawa or iron skillet, Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of butter. Add 1/4 cup of pumpkin pancake batter to it and spread it to form a circle. Don’t spread too much. It should be thick like pancakes. Cook in low, medium flame. Cook until bubbles form on top of pancakes and flip it carefully. Cook the other side for 2 minutes. Repeat the same for remaining pumpkin pancake batter.
 The delicious pumpkin pancakes are ready to serve!
Notes :
  • You can add the nuts powder to the pumpkin pancake batter to make it more healthy.
  • Cook everything in low to medium flame; otherwise it gets burnt or sticky.
  • You could also use water instead of milk.
  • Adjust sweetness as per the taste of pumpkin.
  • Don’t spread this pumpkin pancakes thin. Otherwise, it won’t be fluffy.
  • Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

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Children depend on their adult caregivers to make the right choices for them. Although kids can make their own daily decisions when they’re at school or with friends, it’s really up to adults in their lives to help carve a path for them. To ensure that your children are healthy and making the most healthy decisions when they’re not with you, teach them good habits they can adopt that will benefit them into adulthood.

1. Foods to Eat

Children should consume a proper balance of nutrients that include healthy fats, fiber, protein, and calcium. A proper diet provides the necessary nutrition for a growing body while preventing obesity and other health problems. An occasional indulgence of the kids’ menu doesn’t hurt, but children should be eating healthy 80 percent of the time. To stick to this principle, they should eat most meals at home and bring lunches to school.

2. Foods to Avoid

Kids love sweets, but sweets don’t like kids. Too much sugar consumption can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease later in life. Sugar should be limited to 25 grams per day, but many parents don’t stick to this rule because they don’t know how much sugar is in everything their children consume. Although desserts are loaded with sugar, it’s sugary drinks that can create the most problems because of how often they’re consumed. Between juice boxes and sodas, kids can be drinking several sugar-laden beverages per day without consciously realizing it.

In addition to sugar, caffeine from colas can also be unhealthy for kids. Cut out the sweet beverages to limit both sugar and caffeine, and replace them with naturally-flavored water instead. And while you’re on the less-caffeine kick, remember that chocolate also contains caffeine. If you want to avoid over-stimulating your children, limit how much chocolate they eat.

3. Exercise is Everything

Exercise is essential for kids as a way to keep them at a healthy weight, improve their brain function, and help them develop social skills. Encourage your kids to play in school as well as at home. Buy them a bicycle instead of a tablet, install a basketball hoop in the driveway, and add a trampoline to the backyard. Anything that motivates your kid to move and invite other kids to play is a good thing.

4. Just Say No

As your kids get older, the temptation to try drugs, alcohol and tobacco will arise. It’s a scary phase for parents because you can’t keep constant tabs on your teens, and you’re not always aware of the influences around them. Teach your children about harmful substances and how to say “no” to peer pressure. Many parents don’t talk about these sensitive topics because they feel that if they don’t acknowledge it, then it’s not real. However, discussing it at home can keep your kids informed and help build trust and responsibility in them. If your child is feeling drawn to substances, help them identify what’s causing them to seek this behavior. Getting to the root of the problem can be just as important as educating them on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

5. Natural Healing

Sometimes anxiety is what leads young people to experiment with drugs, but you can help steer them in a different direction by trying the cannabinoid, CBD, instead. CBD has been shown to provide natural relief for anxiety. It has none of the high associated with THC, but it has the healing effects of the natural herb from which it is derived. CBD oils might taste and feel weird to children, but gummy chews can be a more palatable option. Research the market carefully and get recommendations from your child’s pediatrician or therapist before you introduce this supplement.

It’s true that children are resilient and can bounce back from just about anything, but it doesn’t mean that you should wait until it’s too late to set them on the right path. Lifelong habits are hard to break, and your children will one day live independently with the lessons they bring from childhood. Start laying the foundation now so they can live a better life in the long-term.

Author bio:

Julia Merrill is on a mission. She wants to use the information to close the gap between medical providers and their patients. She started BefriendYourDoc.org to do just that.

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Oats Banana Muffins- easy, yummy muffins recipe made with oats, banana, and whole wheat flour! I wanted to make muffins with oats for a long time, and this recipe caught my attention. It was super quick to make and served as an evening snack for my little daughter. She loved it:)

I would suggest adding powdered oats for small kids if they don’t like chewy muffins. This oats banana muffin can be given to toddlers after one year. Check out other healthy muffin recipes for Toddlers and Kids.

Now Let’s get on to check how to make these oats banana muffins.
Oats Banana Muffins Recipe for Toddlers and Kids
 
Prep time
10 mins
Cook time
20 mins
Total time
30 mins
 
Oats Banana muffins - no fuss, muffins recipe with oats, banana, and whole wheat flour
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Cakes
Cuisine: Muffins
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Oats - ⅓ cup
  • Wheat Flour - ⅓ cup
  • Baking Powder - ¾ tsp
  • Banana - 1 medium
  • Ghee - 2 tbsp
  • Brown Sugar - 2-3 tbsp
  • Milk - ⅓ cup
  • Vanilla Essence - ½ tsp
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees for 10 minutes. In a mixing bowl, add banana and mash it. Then add cane sugar.
  2. Mash it well until the sugar dissolved. Now add ⅓ cup of milk.
  3. Then add melted ghee. Stir it well with a hand whisk until the ghee is mixed evenly. Lastly, add vanilla essence and give a quick mix.
  4. Now add whole wheat flour followed by oats.
  5. Then add baking powder. Mix everything well for 10-15 seconds. The final mixture should be in thick consistency.
  6. Line up the muffin tray with muffin liners. Pour the prepared batter into muffin liners. Bake in the preheated oven for 20- 25 minutes (baking time depends on the size of the muffin tray and oven)  at 180° Celsius till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cooling in the plate for 5 minutes once done.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6-8 Medium Sized Muffins
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Here is the video of how to make Oats Banana Cupcakes for Toddlers and Kids

Healthy Oats Banana Muffins for Toddlers and Kids - YouTube

Method:
1.  Preheat the oven to 180 degrees for 10 minutes. In a mixing bowl, add banana and mash it. Then add cane sugar.
2. Mash it well until the sugar dissolved. Now add 1/3 cup of milk.
3. Then add melted ghee. Stir it well with a hand whisk until the ghee is mixed evenly. Lastly, add vanilla essence and give a quick mix.

4. Now add whole wheat flour followed by oats.

5. Then add baking powder. Mix everything well for 10-15 seconds. The final mixture should be in thick consistency.

6. Line up the muffin tray with muffin liners. Pour the prepared batter into muffin liners. Bake in the preheated oven for 20- 25 minutes (baking time depends on the size of the muffin tray and oven)  at 180° Celsius till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cooling in the plate for 5 minutes once done.

The yummy oats banana muffins are ready to serve!
Notes :
  • The final batter consistency should be in thick consistency.
  • Adjust sugar quantity according to your preference.
  • For younger kids, you can add powdered oats.
  • This oats banana muffins stay well for four days at room temperature and keeps good for a week if stored in the refrigerator.
  • You can add any nuts of your choice or chocolate chips.
  • Mixing and measurements are most important for the perfect muffins.
  • The same recipe can be tried in a loaf pan too, but the baking time may vary from 30-40 minutes.

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Poha Recipes for Babies Toddlers and Kids – Poha/Flattened Rice/Aval is made from rice which is parboiled, flattened and dried into flakes. It is easily digestible food for babies, toddlers, and kids. Also, it is packed with iron and other essential nutrients for the child’s growth and development. Poha requires minimal, or no cooking depends on the poha type. Hence it can be made in minutes. Is that not good news?

Here are some ideas to include poha in your child’s menu. Read more to know information about the nutritional benefits of poha, how and when to introduce poha to the baby etc.

When can I introduce Poha to my baby?

Poha can be given to babies from 7 months after introducing rice, basic vegetables &  fruits.  You can start with poha porridge when you introduce poha to your baby for the first time. Start with 2 tbsp of poha porridge and increase the quantity gradually as the baby grows.

How to select and store Poha for Baby Food

Poha is available in different sizes and color: Thick or Thin White Poha/Red Poha. The Red poha is made from brown rice/red rice whereas white poha is from white rice. Red poha has slightly more nutrients than white poha. Soaking time varies on the poha variety used. Remember that too much soaking makes the poha mushy and less soaking makes it hard to chew. You can choose the poha variety and soaking time as per the recipe requirement.

Thin poha is ideal for babies when you start poha for your baby, as its easily mashable and takes less time to soak and cook. You can buy poha from grocery stores or online stores like Amazon. Store in an airtight container after buying. Place it in a cool and dry place.

Nutrients in Poha

Here is the nutrition information of 1 cup of raw poha (100 g)

Source: USDA

Health Benefits of Poha for Babies and Toddlers
  • Poha is rich in iron, hence prevents baby from iron deficiency or anemia.
  • Loaded with carbs and considered as a wholesome breakfast option for babies and kids to keep them full, active and energetic.
  • Poha is low in gluten and hence less likely to develop a food allergy in babies.
  • Probiotic content in poha ensures gut health in children.
  • Easily digestible for babies and kids, hence the best option even when your child is down with an upset tummy or fever!
Poha Recipes for Babies Toddlers, and Kids

Here are some recipes to incorporate poha in your child’s menu.

1. Poha Porridge Mix (7 Months+)

This poha cereal mix is prepared with poha, roasted gram dal, and nuts. It is loaded with protein which helps in healthy weight gain for babies and kids. Skip nuts while introducing and add nuts to this mix only after introducing each nuts separate, preferably after eight months.

2. Poha Porridge (7 Months+)

Healthy porridge recipe made with homemade poha cereal mix which has poha, roasted gram dal, and nuts. This poha porridge can be prepared by just mixing with hot water during emergencies or travel; For babies above one year, you can make this poha porridge with milk (instead of water) and jaggery! Tastes yum!

3. Instant Oats Poha mix (8 Months+)

Healthy instant mix prepared with poha, oats, and nuts. This poha oats powder comes handy when traveling with your baby as you can make instant porridge with it.

4. Poha Oats Porridge (8 Months+)

Healthy porridge recipe made with homemade poha oats cereal mix which has poha, oats, roasted gram dal, and nuts. This porridge tastes good even plain without adding any additional sweetener or salt. But you can add banana pureeapple puree,  dates syrup or raisins syrup to enhance the taste.

5. Dahi Chura (8 Months +)

Dahi Chura is a delicious dessert made with poha and curd/yogurt. It’s such an easy recipe to make within 15 minutes & no cooking is required, hence its ideal for travel. It can be served as a breakfast or as a quick evening snack for babies.

6. Dahi Poha (8 Months+)

An easy and humble dish made with poha, curd/yogurt, and cucumbers. This dahi poha recipe is apt for kids any day as it tastes very much like curd rice! It’s is easy to make & no cooking is required (if you skip the tempering part), hence its ideal for travel too.

7. Poha Kheer (8 Months+)

Quick kheer made with poha, nuts, dry fruits and coconut milk/cow’s milk or formula. This poha kheer recipe is so simple with fewer ingredients, and it takes only 15 minutes to make this delicious tasting kheer. It can be served as a dessert or as a quick evening snack for babies and kids.

8. Sweet Potato Poha (7 Months+)

Healthy porridge recipe made with poha, sweet potatoes and raisins. This porridge has a naturally sweet taste from sweet potatoes and doesn’t require any additional sweetener. Adding sweet potatoes to poha makes it healthier!

9.Broccoli Poha (10 Months+)

Easy and healthy breakfast recipe made with poha & broccoli. I have used small cut broccoli florets, but I would suggest shredding the broccoli florets (after cooking) if your child is not fond of broccoli, in that way they won’t find its made of broccoli.

Sweet poha is sure a better alternative to corn flakes. Also, it can be made in a jiffy as it doesn’t require cooking.

11. Poha Idli (10 Months+)

Instant poha idli is a quick, no grind, no fermentation idlis are made with poha, idli rava, and curd. It’s a quick and easy breakfast recipe you can make for a busy morning for your kids. This poha idlis are little bland in taste, so serve it with sambar, chutney, or any tasty side dish of your choice!

12. Sweet Potato Poha (1 Year+)

Easy healthy breakfast recipe made with poha & sweet potatoes. This healthy poha can be done in a jiffy and hence it is ideal for busy mornings. You can even make it with aloo/potatoes instead of sweet potatoes.

Jaggery poha is a sweet made with Poha cooked and jaggery. It can be served as a breakfast or snack for babies & kids.

14. Poha Ladoo (1 Year+)

Poha ladoo is very quick to make dessert and am sure any beginner can give a try.  These poha ladoos are generally prepared with white sugar, to make it healthy I used jaggery, believe me, the taste is no lesser!

15. Poha Balls (1 Year+)

The easy sweet recipe made with poha, jaggery syrup, coconut, and nuts. It is soft, melts in the mouth and tastes different from poha ladoo. It is so simple to make but tastes yum! I am sure you cannot stop with one.

16. Poha Oats Milkshake (1 Year+)
Healthy milkshake prepared with homemade oats poha powder, banana, milk, and honey. This oats poha milkshake is naturally sweet, high in fiber and perfect for a quick, nutritious drink/breakfast for toddlers and kids. You can replace banana with apple, blueberry, strawberry or any sweet fruit.

17. oats poha cookies (1 Year +)

Oats Poha Cookies/Oats Poha Biscuits is an easy, crispy, quick and healthy cookie/biscuit recipe made with Oats and Poha. It can be served as an evening snack to toddlers and kids with milk!

19. Sweet Poha Mix (1 Year+)

A healthy sweet recipe made using instant poha mix powder, grated coconut, nuts, and jaggery syrup. If your toddler is bored of poha porridge, try this easy sweet with the poha powder. Its very simple to make but tastes so good. This poha sweet mix is ideal as an evening snack for kids from one year.

20. Poha Chivda (1 Year+)

An evening snack recipe made with poha & nuts. Also, its ideal when you travel with your toddler/kid as it can be made ahead, packed up and eaten during your journey. This poha chivda is usually made with deep fried thick poha and nuts, to make it healthier I have opted for shallow fry and used thin poha.

Try these healthy and nutritious poha recipes for babies and kids! Don’t forget to share your feedback!

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Ragi is super healthy food for babies and growing children as it is loaded with essential nutrients and minerals. Many pediatricians suggest introducing ragi as a first food to the baby from 6 months. Homemade Sprouted Ragi Powder is the best choice for small babies as store bought ragi may be contaminated, which results in allergy or loose motion in babies. Get more information about introducing ragi to babies here.

Now Let’s check how to make this simple ragi porridge for babies & toddlers with sprouted ragi flour.

Sprouted Ragi Porridge for Babies & Toddlers | Baby Food
 
Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
10 mins
Total time
15 mins
 
Ragi Porridge - Easy, yummy, porridge for babies with ragi
Author: Kalyani
Recipe type: Baby Food
Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
  • Sprouted Ragi Flour - 2 tbsp
  • Dates powder/dates syrup - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Homemade Ghee - ½ Tsp
  • Water - ¾ cup
Instructions
Preparation
  1. Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
Method
  1. Keep all the ingredients ready. Add 2 tbsp of ragi into a pan. Then add ¾ cup of water to it.
  2. Mix it well with a whisk so that no lumps are formed. Add ½ tsp of ghee.
  3. Cook the ragi in low, medium flame for 5 minutes or until the ragi gets cooked entirely and becomes shiny. Stir it continuously while cooking otherwise it may stick to the vessel. Once it is cooked add dates powder (if using).
  4. Mix well. Cook it further for 2-3 minutes with continuous stirring. Switch off the flame once done.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1
3.5.3226

Here is the video recipe for how to make sprouted ragi porridge for babies and toddlers

Sprouted Ragi Porridge For Babies and Toddlers |Ragi Baby Food | 6 Months+ Baby Food - YouTube

Preparation :
1. Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
Method:
1. Keep all the ingredients ready. Add 2 tbsp of ragi into a pan. Then add 3/4 cup of water to it.
2. Mix it well with a whisk so that no lumps are formed. Add 1/2 tsp of ghee.
3. Cook the ragi in low, medium flame for 5 minutes or until the ragi gets cooked entirely and becomes shiny. Stir it continuously while cooking otherwise it may stick to the vessel. Once it is cooked add dates powder (if using).
4. Mix well. Cook it further for 2-3 minutes with continuous stirring. Switch off the flame once done.
Healthy ragi porridge is ready to feed your baby.
Notes :
  • Feed more water to the baby when giving ragi. Otherwise, it might cause constipation.
  • You can add formula milk once the porridge is warm.
  • Make sure to cook the ragi thoroughly before serving to baby. If it is undercooked, it may cause loose motion.
  • For babies above one year, you can use cows milk instead of water.
  • Generally, homemade ragi powder doesn’t cause any allergies, but check for symptoms and stop feeding your baby if you find any.
  • Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

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You may feel tired and stressful when traveling with kids for a long journey. They can bother you with their frequent episodes of motion sickness. The problem of motion sickness affects a few children more than others. While this trouble does not seem to affect most toddlers and infants, children ages 3 to 12 are especially susceptible.

Bend roads or strong smell in the car can lead to travel sickness. These sicknesses vanish when your child gets older. Car sickness may be hard to stop when it begins, so it’s better to prevent. In this article, we bring you some tips to avoid car sickness in children.

What is Motion Sickness?

Motion sickness is an uncomfortable feeling in the abdomen that arises when the child is traveling in car/bus/boat/plane. The child may struggle with nausea, and they would vomit because of the uncomfortable feeling.

What causes motion sickness?

When the child travels in a car, the child’s sensory organs are sending a signal to the brain that she’s not in motion. But other parts of the body can feel that the child is in motion, so they send the opposite message. These opposing brain signals make the kid feel nauseated.

Signs Of Motion Sickness in Children

Signs of motion sickness in children include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Excess saliva
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Restlessness
  • Drowsiness

Top 10 Tips For Travel/Car/Motion Sickness in Children | Motion sickness & car sickness Remedies - YouTube

10 Tips to Prevent Motion Sickness in Children 

To help your kids avoid motion sickness, you may try the following methods:

1. Carefully Plan Pre-Trip Meals

Avoid giving your little one greasy or spicy foods or a large meal instantly before or during car travel. Also, avoid oily food such as chips or cold-drinks. Proteins and carbohydrates are the best options. Skip food entirely if your travel time will be short. If your kid needs to eat or your journey will be long, you can give her or him a bland, small snack such as a juice and dry crackers before it is time to go.

2. Decrease Sensory Input

It is recommended to encourage your kid to watch things outside the car. Don’t focus on movies, games or books. Traveling during nap time may help if your child naps.

3. Offer Distractions

If your little one is susceptible to car sickness, try to distract her or him during car trips by singing songs, listening to music or talking.

4. Stop Frequently

If your kid signals that he or she is feeling sick, try pulling over at the nearest rest stop. Then, let the child gets out and walks around. Plus, you can have your child lie on her or his back for several minutes with closed eyes. You can also place something cold on his or her forehead to reduce the condition.

5. Look For Snacks Containing Ginger Or Peppermint 

When it comes to inhibiting nausea, many people swear by peppermint or ginger. Queasy Drops, Queasy Naturals, and Queasy Pops are some of the common candies flavored with peppermint, ginger and other calming ingredients, explicitly created to soothe an upset stomach.

6. Acupressure

According to some therapists, Acupressure bands are beneficial for dealing with the motion sickness problem. They are stretchable bands, which are worn on the wrists. Applying pressure on the particular points on the inner wrist region may help relieve the sickness.

7. Consider Using Medication

If you are planning a long road trip, ask your child’s doctor or pediatrician about an OTC medication to inhibit car sickness. Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) can be given for kids age two and older. The antihistamine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is approved for kids age six and older. Both medications work if taken about 60 minutes before traveling. It’s advisable to read the labels carefully to determine the right dose. Drowsiness is the most common side effect of these medications.

8. Use Lemon or Peppermint Oil

Peppermint may help ease digestion thanks to its menthol. It further contains a powerful aroma, which is effective at preventing the nausea symptom. All these activities contribute to combating car sickness. Pour 2-3 drops of peppermint oil on a handkerchief and give your child sniff on it when traveling.

Like peppermint, Lemons are an excellent remedy to prevent motion sickness. They’ll settle an upset stomach. Squeeze a few drops of lemon into a glass of water and offer as a lemon juice to your child. Also, make your kid smell the lemon too, it’s excellent for relieving early motion sickness signs.

9. Fresh Air


The children feel nauseous during the travel because they think packed in and suffocated. So be sure that there is plenty of airflow within the car so that the child can breathe properly and feels fresh!

10. Avoid Strong Smells


The smell plays a significant role in motion sickness. So exclude anything with a strong odor from the child’s proximity. Try to avoid some types of car fresheners, perfumes & substantial smelling food items, etc.

Additional Tips to Prevent Motion Sickness in Children
  • Let your child have a few sips of water because being dehydrated can make her or him feel nausea.
  • Keep the temperature of your car stable.
  • Avoid less brake.
  • Front seats are ideal for your child; stay away from rear seats in the van.
  • Keep an orange or lemon handy in your hand. Make your child smell it for relief if he or she is experiencing car sickness.
  • Make your little one wear loose fitting comfortable clothing. Hence, the child is at ease and doesn’t feel suffocated.
  • Before leaving on a journey, ensure you make some ginger juice by combining grated ginger juice, water, sugar, and lemon juice in equal amounts. Make your kid consume this concoction for instant relief if she or he is feeling car sickness.
  • For a precaution, take along a plastic bag with wipes or a damp cloth and alternative clothes for your child.

What did you do to help prevent car sickness in babies? Do you have other tips for this problem to share with us? Feel free to comment below.

Important Note:
  • The information provided here are guidelines and doesn’t replace medical advice. Visit the doctor if symptoms persist for a prolonged time.
  • Every child is different and what works for one may not work for others. The above-stated home remedies have no side effects so you can try them one at a time and see which works best for your kid.
  • Make sure you have introduced each ingredient separately and checked for allergies.
Author Bio:

This guest post is by Emily Pham, a blogger with many years of experience in searching for the best natural home remedies for beauty and health issues. All contents provided are for informational and educational purposes. We recommend you consult a healthcare professional to determine which method is appropriate for you.

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